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U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu to speak at LSU’s Spring 2009 Commencement

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu will be the keynote speaker during LSU's 2009 Spring Commencement main ceremony, scheduled for Friday, May 15 at 9 a.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

“We’re honored to have Sen. Landrieu serve as our keynote speaker,” LSU Chancellor Michael Martin said. “We recognize that she has worked tirelessly both here and in Washington to articulate the many positive aspects of our state and to help the people of Louisiana, especially in the wake of recent disasters. Being an LSU alumnus herself, the senator understands LSU’s mission and serves as a great example of how an LSU education can open doors to successful careers and effective public service.”

A New Orleans native and 1977 LSU graduate, Landrieu was first elected to the Louisiana state legislature at the age of 23. She became first woman from Louisiana elected to a full term in the U.S. Senate, in 1996 and is currently the state’s senior senator and is Chair of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee.

“I am truly honored to share this special day with 2009 graduates and their families,” Landrieu said. “Our graduates face great opportunities as well as tremendous challenges as they advance in their professional life and their chosen vocations. I will encourage them to use what they have learned to become positive forces in their communities and help Louisiana become an even better place to live in the future.”

In recent years, Landrieu has been the leading voice in Washington for the Gulf Coast recovery effort in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the failures of the federal levee system, securing billions in recovery dollars and working to jumpstart recovery projects. She chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s Disaster Recovery Subcommittee and is a member of the Appropriations and Energy committees.

Landrieu is married to Frank Snellings of Monroe and has two children. She is the daughter of former New Orleans Mayor Maurice “Moon” Landrieu and the sister of current Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu.

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Aaron Looney | Editor | Office of Communications & University Relations
April 2009